Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Tales From a Wimpy Fan
April 22, 2012, 17:29
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I am, really and truly, a big baseball fan!  Because the Tucson Padres are on radio for every game this season, I’m making it a major priority to tune to as many games as I can…I will also get to Kino Stadium for at least one game in each series the Padres play here in Tucson.  I take notes and try to tell about the games and the team – the experience of baseball – in my blog in a somewhat timely manner.  But there are times when I wimp out on my “duties”…

Too Late!  It was in the middle of the eighth inning in a long game last night, when I simply had to go to bed.  The T-Pads had seriously trailed throughout the entire game, but had finally shown some signs of life with a four-run sixth inning, capped by a three-run homer by RF Sawyer Carroll.  But when Tucson went down fairly quietly in the seventh – and it was already 10pm – I decided it’d be safe to go to bed.  You know what an optimist I am about this team, and yet I never held out a single hope they would come back on the Bees to win the game last night…  But They Did!  After James Darnell started off the Tucson eighth with a walk, Matt Clark flied out…but Sawyer hit an RBI triple to score James and then the Bees walked Vince Belnome.  Vince was followed by Anthony Contreras, who scored Sawyer with a single, and up walked Blake Tekotte.  Blake had the night off (surprisingly, Manager Terry Kennedy had Everth Cabrera playing CF) and was coming in to pinch hit.  Blake reached on an error (ending his hit streak at 14 games) and the bases were loaded with T-Pads!  Rocky Gale then singled in a run.  Everth hit into a fielder’s choice, which scored another run, and then stole second before the inning ended when Daniel Robertson flied out to right.  Tucson had scored FOUR and now the two teams were tied at eight!  Tucson closer Brad Brach faced four Bees and allowed a hit, but no runs, in Salt Lake’s half of the ninth and the Padres took their final at-bats in the game…  The Bee’s closer got two quick outs, but the evening’s hero, Sawyer Carroll got a single, stole second, and reached third on a Bee error!  Winning run just 90 feet away!!  And then Vince hit a single to score the Padres’ winning run!  An amazing comeback win (a historic occasion – it’s the biggest deficit the T-Pads have overcome in their history)!  Tucson 9; Bees 8! 

Too Hot!  When I first saw the Tucson schedule for the season, I was tickled to see they’d planned several day games on Sundays in the early season:  April is usually such a nice warm month.  So, a couple weeks ago I began planning to rush out from church to the ballpark to catch today’s DAY game at Kino Stadium.  Being retired Air Force, I could get in for free (Yes, FREE – all active duty and retired military!  Every Sunday!!) and I’ve been looking forward to seeing these Bees in person.  But when the weather guessers started predicting 100 degree temps for today, I shuffled my schedule (now planning to attend tomorrow night’s game) and decided to listen to the game on the radio from the comfort of my apartment…  Sadly it appears that the Bees have their stingers in a knot after Tucson came back on them last night…our Padres were stung by the Bees, 16 to 1.  Well, we’ve already done something we haven’t done before this season:  we WON the first game in a series!  Blown out today, but we have two more to play…maybe this will be the first series we win! 

Transactions and Injury Report.  No new news to report.

T-Pads Home for Two More!   The T-Pads face off against the Salt Lake Bees for another two games before a rare off-day and another road trip.  Monday’s night game features the KiiM-FM Four-Pack promotion and Tuesday is eegee’s Night at the Park.  More info on all promos here.   Both these home games have a 7:05pm first pitch – gates open an hour ahead.

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed/approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Tucson Baseball LLC, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)

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What crazy weather you’re having, 100 in Tucson, and big snow in Pittsburgh! I would opt for an evening game too.

Comment by foodlovelanguage

It really has been weird. Within one week we went from below average temps (in fact, one day we had a cooler high and a cooler low than Milwaukee!) with a smidge of rain, to record-breaking 100+ temps. We’re supposed to be cooling a bit again. I’m glad the 100s aren’t here to stay. Yet.

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